What Happened: Israel is calling on the United Kingdom to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, The Times of Israel reported Aug. 29.
Why It Matters: The British government may be open to considering Israel's request after Iran captured and detained a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July. However, designating the IRGC a terrorist organization would heighten tensions between the United Kingdom and Iran and increase the risk of retaliation by Tehran against British assets.
Background: The United Kingdom designated Hezbollah's political wing a terrorist organization in May, one month after the United States labeled the IRGC a terror group following an Israeli lobbying campaign.
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- Sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Go Beyond Symbolism (June 25, 2019)
- Iran Decides Its Best Defense Is Bravado (June 14, 2019)